Crime & Courts

City identifies members of panel in search for new police chief

The city of Wichita on Tuesday released the names of the people who will advise the city manager in the selection of a new police chief.

The committee includes Kenya Cox, president, Wichita NAACP; Chris Steincamp, attorney with Depew Gillen Rathbun & McInteer; Kristi Edwards, assistant professor of criminal justice, Newman University; Kevass Harding, pastor, Dellrose United Methodist Church; Michael Birzer, professor of criminal justice and director of the School of Community Affairs at Wichita State University; Patty Koehler, president, J.R. Custom Metal Products; Dan Jablonski, owner, Jablonski & Associates; and Wayne Bell, district director, U.S. Small Business Administration.

The search has been narrowed to five semi-finalists, but the city doesn’t plan to disclose their names – only those of the two finalists, said city spokesman Ken Evans. “A premature release of names at this stage could be damaging to their careers, which would not serve our main goal: to find and hire the best person for the job,” Evans said in an e-mail.

There is no target date for a final decision, which will be made by City Manager Robert Layton. The city said it will notify the public about how to meet the finalists and give input.

Nelson Mosley has been serving as interim chief after the retirement last September of Chief Norman Williams.

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